FoG-N advertises itself as a Grand Tactical game aimed at a least a Corps aside. The rules also say that in 28mm scale that it can be played on a 8'x5' table (of course I can not find this reference now). The foot print of small unit (1200-2000 men) for 28 mm infantry figures is referenced as 120mm wide x 90mm deep in tactical formation. A large unit (2000-3000 men) would be 120mm wide x 135mm deep. A cavalry unit, similarly sized represents 500-800 men for a small unit and 800-1200 men for a large unit. The base size for both is recommended to be 60mmx45mm. For completeness I should also say that a small unit of artillery, comprised 2 bases sized 60x60 each represents 12-19 guns and a large unit of 3 bases represents 20-30 guns.
The big initial problem for me with FoG-N is that there is lot of stress on base size, and I believe this is because the ruleset is aimed at the gamer who builds points based armies which he uses in competitions to fight battles on randomly generated terrains. More power to this gamer, but this is just not where I am coming from, re-enactment of historical scenarios is my interest. This is sort of what drove me from the Lasalle forum, endless debates about fine points of the rules and the advantages of different support brigades etc. etc...In this competitive world, winning appears to be important, so no advantage can be entertained, each side has to be based exactly according to the rule book. I have a sense already that a lot of FoG-N gamers are similarly driven. But like Lasalle, there appears to be a segment of FoG-N followers which is interested in historical gaming. Like I have said in my previous posts, I am already playing some good battalion levels rulesets, but still really want to play some bigger historical scenarios. From what I have seen so far the things about a ruleset that are important to me:
- Flexibility of basing
- Easily understood mechanism
- Quick to play
- Looks good
- Give accurate overall result
I decided to take the Placenoit scenario from the rulebook and lay it out on a 8x5' terrain. The French forces involved roughly numbered 15,000 men, a smallish French corps. The Prussian forces roughly involved 32,000 men with the reinforcements, a average Prussian corps. I took the unit sizes from the rulebook and laid those units out in order to see the look of the thing.
Looking to the east, with Hilliers 16th Bde to the right and Losthin's 15th bde.
Looking to the west, one of the Cavalry divisions got cut out of the photo.
Part of the VI French Corps (2 Infantry divisions) as well as 2 Cavalry divisions. The house represents La Belle Alliance.
The two Prussian infantry brigades, 12th ( I believe the rulebook is in error here as it was the 13/14th Bde) and the 5th in reserve, with some units of the 5th Bde just slightly outside the 8x5 terrain. I was running out of Prussians so needed to use some KGL and some Austrians!
Placenoit with the 2 brigades of Young Guards taking up procession. Two battalions of the Old Guard are in reserve.
Well tell me what you think, does it look like a Corp level game?